Isn’t it interesting to be told that the older you get the wiser you get? But is this a true or accurate adage? For my part, I know the older I get the less I seem to know – but this might be because I become more fascinated with more things and realise the amazing skills and knowledge we have around us. This can be in:
- continual creativity of the Internet and
- new apps etc.
There are areas which become more of a puzzle, like our fantastically created bodies, and despite the inroads medical science has and is making, there is much more still to be learnt and discover.
I think a major danger is to get to a point when you feel that you are an expert in a given field and that you know all the answers. This is not an area I think I have a problem with – though occasionally I do have to check myself -when I stop listening to someone because I think to myself,
“Yes, I know that! And I know more than that person!”
Whoops, the ego likes to show itself now and against doesn’t it?
However, a mixed blessing could be the caveat to The older I get, the less I know when it continues with, but the more I know myself!
In the main, it is good to know yourself, your skills, strengths, personality type etc, but sometimes it can mean that it becomes a stumbling block for yourself; when your growth stops and no further learning happens.
Let me explain a little more; I adore Christmas and one of the joys, for me, of the preparation stage (Dec 1-24) is craft work, making Christmas decorations and setting the house up in readiness for the big day. For me the pleasure is in the doing and I would rather see something, and think “I could do that”, and make the time to have a go at it rather than buy it. This can only work for me when I choose to let go of my perfectionist tendencies, the temptation of comparison and do it anyway.
You see, the difference between my creations and someone else’s is that I am doing it for the first time and they have made it many times before. A first attempt can never be as good as a highly practiced attempt, the latter having developed shortcuts and already overcome obstacles, challenges and difficulties. A picture of a finished article doesn’t capture that part!
Knowing myself, I am finding I like to be able “to do”, to take action and figure things out—possibly tuning into the evergreen learner in me. It shows itself in the bricklaying projects, in writing and publishing books.
Knowing myself, I can recognise danger signs of frustration and the perfectionist monster who can dent my confidence in the getting it right insistence or the fear of getting it wrong! It might even be an inward battle in myself in order for the creative side to emerge.
The important thing to remember that no matter how much you think you know yourself, there is someone who knows you more – and it’s not your mother! It is God. As a loving Father he knows you more because he created you. God tells us that He knew you before you were formed in the womb! Now that’s something to think about! He also knows that your character and personality doesn’t stop growing as you get older. You are a work partially formed with much more to come from you. As the Apostle Paul reminds us, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion …”
So my challenge to you is:
no matter how well you know yourself—keep pressing on to find out more of your
incredible unique personality and abilities—you never know you just might surprise yourself!
Though you won’t surprise God!
For we are God’s masterpiece.
He has created us anew in Christ Jesus,
so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
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